When autumn approaches, it's time to change your lawn care routine to maintain your lawn's good health and prepare for the winter ahead. Adding a few simple steps to your regular fall maintenance, including raking your leaves and replanting dead areas, will help your yard start off green and healthy when spring arrives.
Although your grass may not grow as quickly as it did in the spring and summer, you should still keep mowing your lawn throughout fall. If you don't keep up with your mowing, you may end up with clumps of grass that winter weather can damage. Don't mow the grass too short, however; if you cut it too short, the lawn will have a harder time surviving the winter weather.
Plant New Grass
An especially hot summer and drought conditions can damage your lawn, leaving plenty of bare spots. Fall is a good time to lay sod to fill up dead zones in your lawn. During the winter, the new grass will have a chance to establish roots without having to endure the heat of summer. When spring arrives, you'll have new and healthy grass in the formerly bare areas.
Rake up Leaves
Throughout fall, leaves from nearby trees will constantly end up on your lawn. If you don't rake these leaves up regularly, the clumps of decaying leaves will prevent your grass from receiving sunlight and other nutrients. Wet clumps of leaves can also encourage mold growth, causing serious harm to your grass. Keep up your raking habit until the last leaves have finally fallen.
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If you let weeds grow unchecked during the fall, the roots of your lawn will weaken over the winter as the weeds steal nutrients from them. Don't rely on your lawnmower to simply cut down the weeds; removing them by hand is the only sure way to remove the roots of the weeds completely.
Fertilize the Lawn
Fertilizing your lawn can help strengthen the roots before cold weather arrives. In addition, fertilizing helps restore roots damaged by summer's unrelenting heat. Fertilizing multiple times a year is a good idea, but it's especially crucial to fertilize in the fall.
Don't Forget to Water
With cooler temperatures, you might be tempted to stop watering your lawn. However, warm and sunny days will still persist in the fall, causing your lawn to dry out. You don't need to water as much as you did in the summer, but watering at least once a week is essential.
A healthy and green lawn in the spring and summer needs good care during the fall to prepare it for the winter. Starting your own lawn care routine and sticking with it can make a big difference in the health of your lawn.
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